Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to help deliver resources to Texas families

Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to help deliver resources to Texas families

AUSTIN, TX – February 19, 2021 – Governor Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain regulations from the Department of Motor Vehicles to aid in the response to winter weather and power outages throughout the state. The waivers issued by the Governor will allow commercial vehicles conducting responsive activities to travel in Texas as long as the […]

Governor Abbott declares power system winterization, related funding as emergency items, provides update on winter weather response

Governor Abbott declares power system winterization, related funding as emergency items, provides update on winter weather response

AUSTIN, TX – February 19, 2021 – Governor Greg Abbott yesterday provided an update on the state’s response to winter weather and power outages. As part of his update, the Governor declared a new emergency item for this legislative session. The Governor is asking the Legislature to mandate the winterization of Texas’ power system and for […]

Governor Abbott declares ERCOT reform an emergency item

Governor Abbott declares ERCOT reform an emergency item

February 16, 2021 – Governor Greg Abbott today declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) an emergency item this legislative session. In declaring this item an emergency, the Governor is calling on the legislature to investigate ERCOT and ensure Texans never again experience power outages on the scale they have seen […]

Statement on School Re-Openings

Statement on School Re-Openings

JULY 31, 2020 – Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor, and House Education Chairman Dan Huberty released the following statement on school re-openings this fall: “The Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) guidance for opening public schools in Texas for the 2020-21 school year remains the same as […]

Governor Abbott issues proclamation suspending elective surgeries, expanding hospital capacity in 11 trauma service areas

Governor Abbott issues proclamation suspending elective surgeries, expanding hospital capacity in 11 trauma service areas

JULY 9, 2020 – Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas. Previously, Governor Abbott suspended elective surgeries at hospitals in the counties of Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, Nueces, Travis, and Webb. “The State of Texas continues to implement […]

Governor Abbott allocates emergency education relief funding for Texas higher education

Governor Abbott allocates emergency education relief funding for Texas higher education

JULY 9, 2020 – Governor Greg Abbott yesterday announced that the State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities. The investment of federal funds, advanced by Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker of the House […]

Rockwall County Commissioners Court hears public comments at special meeting, seeks replacement for local Health Authority

Rockwall County Commissioners Court hears public comments at special meeting, seeks replacement for local Health Authority

  ROCKWALL, TX – July 4, 2020 – The Rockwall County Commissioners Court called a special meeting Thursday, July 2 to welcome public comments, address matters regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and to discuss the appointment of a local Health Authority following the recent resignation of Dr. Gary Bonacquisti. The meeting was recorded live and is […]

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

July 2, 2020 | Austin, Texas |  Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability […]

Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 surge response in Amarillo

Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 surge response in Amarillo

(MAY 27, 2020) Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference to provide an update on the COVID-19 surge response efforts in Amarillo. The Governor discussed the state’s ongoing collaboration with local and federal leaders to address COVID-19 hot spots within the Amarillo area, and outlined the data on hospitalizations, testing, fatalities, and positivity rates that demonstrate […]

Texas Workforce Commission extends payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers required to pay share of unemployment benefits

Texas Workforce Commission extends payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers required to pay share of unemployment benefits

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott yesterday announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. Designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts and other qualifying employers who reimburse TWC for the full amount of unemployment benefits to […]